The Palace Thief: Stories

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 6, 2013 - Fiction - 224 pages
6 Reviews
“Extraordinary for its craft and emotional effect . . . [Ethan Canin is] a writer of enormous talent and charm.”
The Washington Post

“Character is destiny,” wrote Heraclitus–and in this collection of four unforgettable stories, we meet people struggling to understand themselves and the unexpected turns their lives have taken. In “Accountant,” a quintessential company man becomes obsessed with the phenomenal success of a reckless childhood friend. “Batorsag and Szerelem” tells the story of a boy’s fascination with the mysterious life and invented language of his brother, a math prodigy. In “City of Broken Hearts,” a divorced father tries to fathom the patterns of modern relationships. And in “The Palace Thief,” a history teacher at an exclusive boarding school reflects on the vicissitudes of a lifetime connection with a student scoundrel. A remarkable achievement by one of America’s finest writers, this brilliant volume reveals the moments of insight that illuminate everyday lives.

“Captivating . . . a heartening tribute to the form . . . an exquisite performance.”
The Boston Sunday Globe

“A model of wit, wisdom, and empathy. Chekhov would have appreciated its frank renderings and quirky ironies.”
Chicago Tribune
 

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

THE PALACE THIEF is the fourth Canin book I've read and it is every bit as good as the others. The four long (about 50 pages each) stories here are like mini-novels with fully fleshed-out characters ... Read full review

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User Review  - KatyBee - LibraryThing

Four well written stories, insightful and measured and a true pleasure to read. Canin beautifully conveys the hearts and minds of his male protagonists, and he is at his best when describing life choices and their consequences. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Ethan Canin is the author of seven books, including the story collections Emperor of the Air and The Palace Thief and the novels For Kings and Planets, Carry Me Across the Water, America America, and A Doubter’s Almanac. He is on the faculty of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and divides his time between Iowa and northern Michigan.

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